A View From the Bridge

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  • "Frankie Yale was cut precisely in half by a machine gun"
  • "This one's name was Eddie Carbone"
  • "The heads turning like windmills"
  • "You'll never get nowhere's unless you finish school"
  • "I don't like the neighbourhood over there"
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Masculinity

  • "Come on show me! What're you gonna be? Show me!"
  • "I kept wanting to call the police, but.. Nothing at all had really happened."
  • "All the law is not in a book"
  • "Where is the law for that?"
  • "only God, Marco"
  • "The guy ain't right."
  • "you wouldn't be lookin' for him you be lookin' for her"
  • "you could kiss him he was so sweet" 
  • "Paper doll they call him.  Blondie now" 
  • "suddenly kisses him" 
  • "this is my house here not their house"
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Reputation and Respect

  • "wouldn't he ask your father's permission before he run around with you like this?" 
  • "I want my respect!" 
  • "he killed my children! That one stole the food from my children!" 
  • "take that back or I'll kill him" 
  • "to promise not to kill is not dishonourable" 
  • "Eddie Carbone. Eddie Carbone.  Eddie Carbone"
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Justice

  • "we're only thought of in connection with disasters" 
  • "the law has not been a friendly idea since the Greeks were beaten" 
  • "I'm inclined to notice the ruins in things" 
  • "Frankie Yale was cut precisely in half by a machine gun" 
  • "There were many here who were justly shot by unjust men, justice is very important here"
  • "Now we settle for half, and I like it better" 
  • "Come on show me! What're you gonna be? Show me!" 
  • "I kept wanting to call the police, but.. Nothing at all had really happened." 
  • "All the law is not in a book" 
  • "Where is the law for that?" 
  • "only God, Marco"
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Poverty

  • "the people in this neighbourhood lack elegance, glamour" 
  • "You'll never get nowheres unless you finish school" 
  • "but it's fifty a week, Eddie" 
  • "they'll think it's a millionaire's house compared to the way they live" 
  • "I was starvin' like them over there" 
  • "the slum that faces the bay on the seaward side of Brooklyn Bridge" 
  • "the gullet of New York swallowing the tonnage of the world"
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Crime

  • "I don't like the neighbourhood over there" 
  • "watched it run it's bloody course" 
  • "Now we settle for half, and I like it better" 
  • "I no longer keep a pistol in my filing cabinet" 
  • "Frankie Yale was cut precisely in half by a machine gun" 
  • "the law has not been a friendly idea since the Greeks were beaten"
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Contrasting Regions

  • "the gullet of New York swallowing the tonnage of the world" 
  • "the people in this neighbourhood lack elegance, glamour" 
  • "the flat air in my office suddenly roles in the green scent of the sea" 
  • "You'll never get nowheres unless you finish school" 
  • "I was born in Italy" 
  • "this is Red Hook, not Sicily...now we are quite civilised, quite American" 
  • "they'll think it's a millionaire's house compared to the way they live" 
  • "I was starvin' like them over there" 
  • "this will be the first house I ever walked into in America!" 
  • "they got oranges on the trees where he comes from"
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Dreams

  • "pretty soon you get to be a secretary" 
  • "I want to be an American" 
  • "And then I want to go back to Italy when I am rich" 
  • "when you have no wife, you have dreams" 
  • "Eddie Carbone had never expected to have a destiny" 
  • "I would start to be something wonderful here" 
  • "When I got married, he would be happy at the wedding, and laughin'"
  • "You'll never get nowheres unless you finish school"
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